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Lawyer: Victim shot dead in Dorchester a ‘hard-working man’

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

The lawyer for a Cape Verdean man who was gunned down this weekend in Dorchester last night called his killing a “shame.”

“I’ve never known him to be anything other than a hard-working man,” the attorney, Gordon W. Spencer, said.

“He had a fiancee, a young child. He was just 
living his life and wasn’t into anything,” he said.

Shongi Fernandes, 24, was found shot multiple times Sunday about 9:21 p.m. on Claybourne Street in Dorchester. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Malek Jeries Haddad
, of Cambridge, at 62

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

Malek Jeries “Abu Rami” Haddad of Cambridge died Saturday. He was 62.

He was born in Jordan.

Brother of the late Mazen, Mr. Haddad is survived by his wife, Fadia (Gedeon); a son, Rami of Somerville; a daughter, Lina Abreu of Saugus; three brothers, Maher and Makram, both of Somerville, and Munther of Saugus; two sisters, Margaret Al-Beirouty and Wafa Lavelle, both of Quincy; one grandchild; and 10 nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Annunciation Melkite Catholic Church, West Roxbury.

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2 killed in plane crash mourned in N.H.

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

A former TWA pilot who spent three decades flying jumbo jets was killed yesterday morning along with his passenger when, according to officials, his single-prop airplane crashed shortly after taking off from a New Hampshire airfield.

Dave Ingalls, 77, of Kingston, N.H., had stopped briefly at the Hampton Airfield to refuel before taking off again when he suddenly lost control of his Cessna 180 and nosedived into a grove of trees about 50 yards from the grass runway, officials said.

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Warren Tolman ‘fired up’ about Marty Walsh nod

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected to throw his backing today behind attorney general candidate Warren Tolman, as the hotly contested race inches toward the primary.

Walsh is set to make the endorsement — his first in a statewide race — at a campaign stop today with Tolman, who has largely polled neck-and-neck with his opponent, Maura Healey, but has pulled union support thanks in large part to his brother, Steve Tolman, who heads the state’s AFL-CIO.

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Joanna P. Roman, 89,
 resident of Quincy,
 formerly of Malden

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

Joanna P. (Gerrin) Roman of Quincy, formerly of Malden, died Friday. She was 89.

She was born in Philadelphia. She lived in Malden for many years, before settling in Quincy.

In her earlier years, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels and loved line dancing. She was a member of the Elderly Dance Club of Hough’s Neck and president of the Manet Elders Club.

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Health costs hit $7,550 per person

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00
Health care costs every man, woman and child in the Bay State on average a whopping $7,550 per year, according to a landmark report that also found state residents​ receiving​​ taxpayer-funded care ​account for 60 percent of the $50.5 billion total cost. “People should be asking themselves if they’re really getting $7,500 worth of quality health care every year...
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September 2, 2014: Costly health care

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

When it comes to health care costs in Massachusetts, we're all feeling acute pain in our wallets and purses.

Confirmation comes in our story by reporters Owen Boss and Bob McGovern. It reads in part: “Health care costs every man, woman and child in the Bay State on average a whopping $7,550 per year … (and) state residents receiving taxpayer-funded care account for 60 percent of the $50.5 billion total cost.”

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Anna M. Rozario, 94, New Bedford resident, formerly of Fairhaven

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

Anna M. (Freitas) Rozario of New Bedford, formerly of Fairhaven, died Saturday at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. She was 94.

Born and raised in Fairhaven, she lived in New Bedford and Fairhaven, then lived in Colorado for five years before returning to New Bedford in 2010.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

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Elizabeth Warren: I will vote to repeal Bay State casino law

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she will vote to repeal the state’s casino law when the hotly debated question goes to the ballot in November.

“I come to the question of gambling from a background in bankruptcy and what happens economically to families,” the Cambridge Democrat told reporters yesterday. “It’s a tough call here. People need jobs, but gambling can be a real problem economically for a lot of people. I didn’t support gambling the first time around and I don’t expect to support it (now).”

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Patricia Twitchell, 84,
 of Wellesley Hills, 
former lab technician

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

Patricia (O’Brien) Twitchell of Wellesley Hills, formerly of Arlington, a lab technician, died Saturday. She was 84.

She grew up in Arlington.

She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1951. Upon graduation, she worked at Harvard Medical School as a lab technician in the bacteriology department.

Mrs. Twitchell threw memorable dinner parties, was a passionate homemaker and an excellent cook. She enjoyed vacationing with her family every summer in Chatham.

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Researchers pursue transplant options

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

A shortfall of thousands of organs for desperate transplant patients in Massachusetts is spurring cutting-edge research by Bay State scientists — including of genetically modified and engineered tissue.

“The big motivation of the kind of research we’re doing is the need for more organs,” said Ali Khademhosseinir, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “We want to try and eliminate this need.”

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Councilors laud IT overhaul plan

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

City councilors greeted Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plan for a City Hall information technology overhaul with rave reviews yesterday, with one calling tech investment a “top priority” inside a building that only recently plugged into the 20th-
century technology known as voicemail.

“I think if Boston is going to be a leader in high-tech and innovation, city government should keep up with that,” said City Councilor Josh Zakim, who said “face-to-face” interaction with residents remains the priority, “but we need tools to help that.”

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Flynn: 40 years later, busing ruling still misguided

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

It was 40 years ago this week that school busing began in Boston.

If you were a Boston Public Schools parent in 1974, it was an ugly time that you will never forget. Not only did the federal court decision by Judge W. Arthur Garrity remove city government control over our schools, it denied parents a voice in where their children could attend school. If you lived next to a school in Roxbury or South Boston, for example, under the court order, you were required to attend a school on the other side of the city.

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Maura Healey returns questionable $15G donation to Local 25

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:00

Attorney general candidate Maura Healey is returning a $15,000 donation from Teamsters Local 25 after a Herald inquiry revealed the embattled union appears to have violated campaign finance law with the hefty contribution.

The union — which has come under fire after allegations its members threatened and harassed the “Top Chef” cast and crew earlier this summer with sexist, racist and homophobic slurs — donated the $15,000 to Healey’s campaign on Thursday, according to state finance records.

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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:51

MOSCOW — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern, mainly Russian-speaking region.

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Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:50

SUVA, Fiji — Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.

Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with U.N. officers.

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Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:31

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.

The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures.

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Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:51

NEW DELHI — A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances.

The 41 photos show 22-year-old Rupa and four friends laughing and striking playful poses while wearing some of her fashion designs.

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Arrest in fatal stabbing of NYC homeowner

Latest from the Boston Herald - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:19

NEW YORK — New York City police say a man suspected of burglarizing a home and stabbing the owners when they interrupted him has been arrested.

Police say 20-year-old Dante Viggiano was being held on murder, attempted murder and burglary charges in Sunday's stabbings on Staten Island.

Sixty-seven-year-old Peter Gialluisi was stabbed in the face and hand during a struggle, and was later pronounced dead. His 66-year-old wife was stabbed in the head, neck and back. She was stable.

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6 dead after speeding car slams into tree in Texas

Latest from the Boston Herald - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:01

DALLAS — A speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, killing all six people inside, police said Monday

The crash occurred Sunday night in a southeast Dallas residential area, said Dallas police officer Monica Cordova.

The victims were two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to 23.

The Dallas school district said three of those killed were high school students.

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